Roommate Options in Housing
There are three means to find a roommate leading up to the start of the fall semester.
You know a specific student that you want to share a room with
Use the eHousing RoomMate Matching system to search for a roommate
- Pot-luck roommate assignment
The fall application process provides the best opportunity for you to specify the person that you want to have as a roommate. A component of the fall application allows students to form a roommate group by sending and invitation to or accepting an invitation from another student.
We’ll help you understand these options a bit further and most importantly how to navigate each option to reach the desired outcome.
Roommate finding outside of the fall application process
The opportunities for roommate selection vary once you get away from the fall housing application process.
The spring application does not provide an opportunity to specify a roommate preference as space is limited to those in vacant rooms/beds from the fall semester. Requests to join a roommate that has a vacant bed in their room can be coordinated by sending an email request directly to the Housing Assignments Office.
The summer application provides students the opportunity to self-assign to a room for any combination of the summer housing terms. Coordination with a roommate to self-assign to the same room is a workable option and availability of completely vacant rooms should allow you to find a space to room with your friend.
eHousing RoomMate Matching is not an available tool for the spring or summer housing application processes.
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I know the person I want to room with
Maybe this is a friend from high school? Someone that you know that is already at UNT? Bottom line, you know one another and the idea of living together seems like a good one.
You will be able to “Create a Group” and invite your roommate in the “Request a Roommate” step of the housing application. You and your roommate must have a completed application that includes the same hall and room type preference* in order to successfully send the invitation and form a roommate group.
You can only accept only roommate group invitation at a time and you will only be able to adjust your roommate group up to the point that your fall application is used to make your roommate assignment.
*Physics keeps two people from living in separate buildings or rooms and being roommates. It’s science.
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eHousing RoomMate Matching
If you don’t know someone attending UNT that you want to share space with but you do want to be proactive about finding a roommate, eHousing RoomMate Matching is going to be your best bet. RoomMate Matching gives you the opportunity to submit a roommate profile and view matches based on your responses. Contact information for your matches allows you to reach out and make contact to find the ideal roommate.
Beginning in mid-October, students have the opportunity to create their fall housing profile for the next academic year and then access RoomMate Matching to start their search. This pre-application roommate search time gives you the option to match amongst the pool of everyone else that submits a profile before the Housing application fall opens for room selection in mid-January.
If you use RoomMate Matching after the January start of the housing application, you will only see other students that have the same hall and room type preference to minimize the opportunity for creating roommate pairings that aren’t able to be assigned together at a later point.
Approximately one month after the fall Housing Application opens, the “Request a Roommate” step will be added to the process and provide the functionality to “Create a Group” and invite your roommate. You and your roommate must have a completed application that includes the same hall and room type preference** in order to successfully send the invitation.
You can only accept one roommate group invitation at a time and you will only be able to adjust your roommate group up to the point that your fall application is used to make your room assignment.
**Physics keeps two people from living in separate buildings or rooms and being roommates. It’s still science.
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Potluck roommate assignments
Whether you are seeking adventure in your college roommate experience, the RoomMate Matching process just doesn’t appeal or you apply for housing after the window has closed on roommate group formation, there is a surefire method for getting a roommate and it requires no action. You can elect to go “potluck” and accept a random roommate assignment.
If your fall housing application does not have an Accepted Roommate Group associated, Housing will assign you based on the application hall and room type preference (or from our Assignment Queue) with a random roommate. UNT Housing does not utilize submitted RoomMate Matching profile responses to determine roommate pairings.
Per the section VII. A. of the UNT Housing License:
UNT assigns roommates without regard to race, religion, or national origin. Priority of assignment will typically be based on the dated Housing Application and will factor in Student sex, classification, and roommate age ranges, as possible.
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